Rafa Benitez won the Europa League during his time as Chelsea boss and ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge with Newcastle United, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has revealed he has a lot of respect for Benitez.
“Rafa in his spell at Chelsea did well,” said Conte.
“I remember when Chelsea won the Europa League and to win the Europa League is not simple. It is right always to give respect. Our fans are great in these circumstances.”
Conte also rejected the idea that he and Benitez did not get on well when they were both working in Italy.
“It’s not true,” said Conte.
“Rafa did a great job in his time with Napoli. Then I remember when I was coach of the national team and I went to watch the training session of Napoli to talk and stay with him.
“He’s a good manager, won a lot in his career and I have a great respect for him.”